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I want to find out what the difference between defensive and offensive "specializations" of tanks in the various trees are. Something like (and this is what I heard a friend mention) "German tanks are heavier armored and have precise guns, French are just bulky and Russians have fast tanks).

Basically, where do I go if I want a hard-hitting Destroyer, an Arty that aims the fastest, or the fastest light tank (among other questions)?

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The tankopedia is a great place to browse through the available tanks.

SPGs

  1. German
    • High damage/penetration
    • Long range
    • Small cone of fire
  2. Russian
    • Lowest damage/penetration
    • Fastest reload
    • Shortest range
    • Largest cone of fire
    • Highest trajectory (can shoot targets behind cover easier)
  3. American
    • Good damage
    • Great accuracy
    • Long range
    • High mobility
  4. French
    • Good damage
    • Decent accuracy
    • Slowest reload
    • High Mobility
    • Long range
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So, anything else about what the tanks aren't good at? I mean, Germans have highest damage, but... say, low aiming time or accuracy? Also, linking me to a page that lists all the data on tanks isn't necessary, as the data is just the same in the game, and I think I've already checked it. –  user1337 Apr 29 '13 at 2:08
    
What are you looking for specifically? I could run down the pros and cons of each nation's destroyers, SPGs, and light tanks. If you are looking for a high level overview, traits like "fastest aim" may not be so useful. It may also depend on what tier you are talking about. –  CaesiumFarmer Apr 29 '13 at 2:38
    
So you mean that the countries don't have that specific differences? Ok, then why would I go with (as an example:) a French SPG over a German, Russian, French, British or USA one? Also, second post: forum.worldoftanks.eu/index.php?/topic/… –  user1337 Apr 29 '13 at 5:34
    
The countries have slight differences, but it really comes down to your play style and which tanks you discover you like as you play the game. I will edit my answer to explain SPG differences if that's what you are looking for. I can also edit the question to match the response. Just let me know. Are you thinking in general or a specific tier? –  CaesiumFarmer Apr 29 '13 at 18:43
    
Yes, in general please. –  user1337 May 7 '13 at 18:58
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Difference between tanks from different countries is crew size and/or specialization (for example, soviet tanks early loss radioman, and crew size reduced from 5 to 4 men) and some equipment (for example, american tanks have Vertical Stabilizer from 6th tier when others from 7-8th tiers).

More specific parameters such armor, rate of fire, mobility depend on the specific tank.

  • German Panther have a great penetration but german VK 30.02(D) on same tier have better mobility and diesel engine with rear transmission but 48mm less penetration.

  • French ARL 44 have a good armor and slow when AMX 50/100 poorly armored but have an incredible firepower and mobility.

  • Soviet IS-4 have thick rear and side armor and high penetration with moderate damage when IS-7 have poorly armored rear, high damage and moderate penetration.

Comparison of nations is meaningless. You need to compare specific tanks.

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